HEAL founder Dr Koneru Prasad has been recognised for his work in providing education and healthcare for needy children in India by his inclusion in a new book for schools, The Scientists Behind Medical Advances.
“I believe that education is the best tool to get out of poverty,” says Dr Prasad in the book, where he is featured under the section entitled Doctors Who Make A Difference.
Fittingly, he now finds himself part of the school curriculum in the latest of a series of books aimed at budding young scientists, mentioned alongside some of the greatest names in the history of medical science such as Marie Curie, Paul Ehrlich, Christiaan Barnard, Joseph Lister, Alexander Fleming and Louis Pasteur.
The book, written by Eve Hartman and Wendy Meshbesher, looks at scientists who have made major advances and affected the way we live – men and women, historical and modern, and from a range of cultures.
As the book explains, some of those featured are household names, some deserve much greater recognition and credit than they currently receive, and others have discovered and invented ground-breaking medical treatments.
Dr Prasad is pictured with some of the children from the Heal Village in Guntur under a description of how, 20 years ago, the charity was formed when he donated his family’s house in India to be a home for orphaned children.
Published by Raintree, the 48-page book also focuses on many aspects of medical science, including new drugs, vaccines, surgery, public health, sports medicine and the future of medicine.